PvdA supports extension to military mission
PvdA joins VVD, CDA, ChristenUnie and SGP in supporting an extension of the mission in Afghanistan.
21 December 2007
THE HAGUE – Labour PvdA has joined the Liberal VVD, Christian Democrats CDA, ChristenUnie and fundamental Christian SGP in voicing unanimous support for the extension of the military mission in Uruzgan until the end of 2010.
This emerged on Thursday during the vote on a motion from the Socialist SP to end the mission in August 2008.
PvdA MP Harm Evert Waalkens was expected to support the motion. He said in an explanation however that although he was not convinced that the mission had improved the situation for Afghans or the region, he had voted against the SP motion in "support for our troops."
In the end, 42 MPs voted against the extension and 98 in favour. Ten MPs were absent. In 2006 when Parliament approved the current mission, the SP (smaller at the time), green left GroenLinks, Democrat D66 and former PvdA MP Godelieve van Heteren voted against, representing a total of 24 votes.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news